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Labor Day BBQ Fest: Smoked Pork Shoulder

Labor Day BBQ Fest: Smoked Pork Shoulder

This past Labor Day Weekend, we finally got around to doing something we’ve been talking about doing all summer – making some BBQ in the smoker. You might remember reading about RibFest 2013 a few months ago. Yes, 2013. It’s been a while. Too long. This time around, we decided to smoke a 4.5 pound … Continue reading

Ann Arbor-Style Surf ‘n’ Turf

Ann Arbor-Style Surf ‘n’ Turf

As much as I love dining out, the huz and I have a few chef skillz up our sleeves (or so we like to think) which means we are capable of producing some pretty fantastic meals at home, too. For our wedding anniversary this year, we planned a “staycation” (much less epic than last year’s … Continue reading

Grilled Pizza Adventure

Grilled Pizza Adventure

Have you guys ever tried making grilled pizza? I had not until last weekend. I don’t think the idea had ever occurred to me until I watched season three of Girls on HBO last January and Marnie was whining that, “We bought the ingredients to make grilled pizzas, and we were going to make grilled … Continue reading

Jerk Chicken with Grilled Pineapple Salsa

Jerk Chicken with Grilled Pineapple Salsa

I’m so happy to share this delightfully summery recipe with you today from Cooking Light! I will forever stand by my declaration that summer food truly is the best food! Sure, big warm pots of soup soups, hearty stews, and casseroles will always be comforting in the winter, and pumpkins and apples are the delight … Continue reading

Ribfest 2013

Ribfest 2013

Hey ya’alllll. Last weekend was a big event in the MGNN kitchen. ‘Twas… RIBFEST! Ever since my dad lent us his smoker on Thanksgiving, the huz has been dreaming of making ribs. For one week straight,this was all I heard about, and the planned day was dubbed “Ribfest 2013.” We are weird. Other than assisting … Continue reading

Family Gathering

Family Gathering

It was highly requested that I blog about the family gathering I attended this weekend and what can I say – I can’t disappoint my readers! This past week my mom’s side of the family all gathered at my Aunt Barb’s house to spend some time together, and especially with my Aunt Anne who is … Continue reading

Southwestern Bean Salad

Southwestern Bean Salad

Today I have another great summery side dish to share which was inspired by a recipe in the Williams-Sonoma Grill Master Cookbook. First I prepared a homemade Pico de Gallo, which included chopped tomato, onion, cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice, salt and pepper. In another bowl, I combined two kinds of beans – black and kidney … Continue reading

Patty Melts and Crispy Rosemary Oven Fries

Patty Melts and Crispy Rosemary Oven Fries

Every once in a while, maybe once a month or so, I cook something that is so delicious that it makes me declare, “I would serve this at my restaurant.” Now, I definitely do not own a restaurant, nor have plans to open one. But, I probably should own a restaurant, because I’m pretty sure … Continue reading

Snapshots From The Weekend

Snapshots From The Weekend

This weekend was all about relishing the fabulous Ann Arbor weather. On Friday evening, we visited Palio’s rooftop for Happy Hour, sunshine, and a warm breeze. Half-off beer, wine, and apps! This bruschetta was especially amazing! Downtown Ann Arbor. The Voodoo Chicken with Plantains entrée was split at Grizzly Peak. YUM! La Dolce Vita Dessert … Continue reading